The album brings together the potential and innocence of young love, the gravity of departure, and the symbolic changing of seasons. The lead track "Already In Love" builds on Exene's characteristic blend of folk, deep country and poppy yet wide-open spaces with the uplifting punch of horn lines, Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X) on electric guitar, and the soulful undertone of a Hammond Organ.
Lyric-wise, the album shares themes--aching despair, domestic romance---with her other bands. It's a world of driving rain, jukeboxes, barkeeps poised to kick everybody out for the night, empty highways and burnished vistas...Catchy and immensely singable, the endless vocal refrains on The Excitement of Maybe aren't going to leave your brain anytime soon. --LA Times
These are falling, loving, singing, crying, travelling songs, fitting together like a perfect scrapbook of emotion. The musical arrangements are beautiful, but it s Exene s voice keeping these songs haunting your mind. --The Big Takeover
It s hard to pick out songs that stand out as this is a rare album in that there is no weakness to the material; it is sequenced perfectly and burrows deep into one s consciousness to form a lasting imprint on the mind. This is a beautiful album, resplendent with a sound that is almost impossible not to enjoy, lyrics that beat at your heart and with a sense of feeling that love is always with us in one form or another, for good or bad. I can see me enjoying this album years from now as much, if not more, than I do now. --Punknews.org